Kara Walker: Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First

Kara Walker: Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First
Library Shelf Location 18.WALK
Publication Date 13 Nov 2015

Often provocative and humorous, Kara Walker's work explores the tensions and power plays of racial and gender relations. Walker's work engages with historical narratives and the ways in which these stories have been suppressed, distorted and falsified. This exhibition extends her exploration of the brutalising histories of colonialism and slavery, and the political and psychological consequences that accompanies identity formation in contexts of oppression and violence.

Drawing from art historical and literary sources, Walker creates and deconstructs scenarios that expose biases and prejudices, exploring the power struggles underlying personal and political relationships. Her work proposes alternative mythologies, and new ways of engaging with traumatic historical material. Walker uses historical decorative styles including the silhouette to create complex and sophisticated narratives, emphasising and undermining the ways in which images and narratives can be subject to stereotyping.

ISBN 9780993179846
Pages 24pp, 20 x 13 cm
Authors Ari Marcopoulos, Kara Walker, James Hannaham
Format Softcover
Publisher Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Related Artist Kara Walker
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Female Artists, African-American History, Black experience, collage, installation art, Black Feminism, Black American visual culture, American popular culture

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